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Grouping in the Authoring Environment

This animation shows how to use Grouping Activities in a LAMS sequence.

Grouping activities are placed by selecting the Grouping icon from the grouping from the Sequence Management at the top of the environment, then placing the Grouping Object on the Authoring space. Unlike other activities, double-clicking the Grouping activity on the authoring space will not open a new Properties Window, but will instead open the Properties Inspector, which is where all settings for a grouping object are changed.

The name of the grouping can be specified by "Title" - this is the text that will be shown in the "Grouping" drop-down menu in all other tools. It is possible to have more than one Grouping per sequence, and to have different activity tools use different Groupings.

It is useful to give your groupings descriptive titles in this circumstance, as this makes choosing the correct style of grouping from the Properties for an activity easier.

In LAMS 2.1 and above, sequence Authors can create custom names for the groups.

Grouping Types

Grouping can be set in a variety of ways to suit the classroom environment

Random Groupings

In Random grouping mode, the author can either choose to set the number of total groups needed, or the number of learners to be within each group.
In either of these circumstances, the learners will be randomly allocated to their groups within the sequence, and they will stay within these groups for any of the activities that are assigned to that particular Grouping activity.

Choose in Monitor

Grouping can also be set to Chosen mode by selecting "Chosen" from the drop down menu of "Grouping type". In Chosen mode, Learners must be assigned to groups through the Monitoring environment. The Learners can then be allocated to groups in the Monitor window by clicking on the "Go" button next to "Choose grouping" under the heading "Required Tasks" on the Lesson tab. (This is described in more detail in the monitoring section below.)

Learner's Choice

This option allows learners to choose their own groups from the learners participating in the sequence.

There are two modes of Learner's choice grouping:

  • Fixed number of groups - the Author can specify how many groups exist in the sequence. LAMS can also force the group sizes to be equal.
    Depending on the number of learners, the group sizes will scale up and downn.
  • Fixed number of learners - the Author specifies how many learners are to be in each group. LAMS then creates however many groups are necessary.

LAMS displays the list of groups to choose from.

Once they choose, Learners see who else is in each group.

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